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Only a fool will stay neutral and watch Buhari destroy Nigeria; Obasanjo says as he vehemently denied report that he had withdrawn his support for Atiku

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Vice President Olusegun Obasanjo has vehemently denied report that he had dropped his support for his former deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Report had it that Obasanjo has no preferred presidential candidate, saying that he was neutral.

The former Nigerian leader however described the report of him being neutral as disingenuous and malicious, saying that only a fool would sit on the fence and watch his country destroyed by incompetent leader.

“Only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise,” the statement read.

Former President Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari
Former President Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari

Obasanjo’s position was released in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, titled, ‘2019 elections and reports of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s neutrality’.

Following the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the PDP at the convention held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Obasanjo had in October after reconciling with his former deputy endorsed him for presidency.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo forgives Atiku Abubakar, endorses him for 2019
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo forgives Atiku Abubakar, endorses him for 2019

He had 2 months earlier, in August, noted that God would not forgive him if he supports Atiku for presidency.

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?  If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support,” he reportedly said.

Read Obasanjo’s statement in response to reports that he was now neutral

 “It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo wasbeing neutral when he chose not to use the Owu convention as a platform forpolitical campaign but instead adopted a communal and familial approach intalking to members of his Owu family.

“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former President said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impose any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who would drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.

“Chief Obasanjo’s statement did not suggest his neutrality. In fact, the former President believes that only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise.

“The former President reassures Nigerians that he will not sit on the fence when he needs to be out and active for people to know where he stands in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Chief Obasanjo reaffirms that he is on the side of what is best for Nigeria and what we have currently, at the helm of affairs of Nigeria,   is not the best for Nigeria, so nobody should fool himself or deceive others about Chief Obasanjo’s position.

“The former President further urges Nigerians, who are victims of what we have for now, to stop just complaining and go out to get beneficial change.

“They must know that such change will not come if they remain inactive, just complaining and complacent and allow themselves to be deceived by sycophants and enemies of Nigeria.

“If they do not become active and get the much-needed change of the current administration to a government that will improve the economy, regain the confidence of investors and generally drive growth, development and economic progress with security, what is coming will be much worse than what Nigerians currently suffer.

“On his part, Chief Obasanjo will remain consistent in speaking out whenever and wherever he sees evil as he is known to do no matter whose ox is gored. Nobody should manipulate Chief Obasanjo’s position, particularly on the 2019 presidential election and what he said in Iwo,  to perpetrate or perpetuate continued destruction of our country, “the statement said.

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